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Disaster Preparedness: Food Storage

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The Food Movement and Resource Management

Across the United States, a new movement is gaining tremendous momentum – especially with the First Lady’s initiative to combat obesity during her husband’s time in office.

Mrs. Obama’s program, Let's Move highlights nutrition as one of its tenets. It is no wonder that the Foodie Movement, a movement dedicated to eating good, nutritious food, has gained momentum.

While this movement is certainly gaining momentum across the country, it may also be impacting how individuals prepare themselves for disasters. Thus, it is important for emergency managers to consider how to reach the public when different movements arise changing how individuals may prepare for disasters.

The Foodie Movement

The Foodie Movement has been increasing throughout the country as more and more people are interested in eating healthy, delicious food. For example, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms have become more popular following the trend. With CSA, a local farm grows produce and raises meat, then sells it to individuals in their town or city keeping sales local.

Processed Foods

Processed foods often play a part of the overall food equation because processed foods are not always particularly nutritious. If this is the case, they may also not be purchasing food that could be stored since fresh produce can spoil quickly.

Emergency Managers need to consider that if individuals want to purchase fresh food, they may not be contemplating how to store food in the event of a disaster.

Food Storage Recommendations

Since the Foodie Movement largely focuses on nutritious fresh foods, individuals who purchase these products should consider canning produce so they can store it easily and for long periods of time. There are a few for canning produce.  

The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends that an individual stores enough food for all of the living things in their household for two weeks. Therefore, if an individual is storing his or her food through the use of canning, they can simply rotate their stock pile to make sure their food is always fresh.

New societal movements will come and go, and it's important for Emergency Managers to contemplate how they may reach the populous to manage the appropriate preparedness recommendations. With the new Foodie Movement, it is important for Emergency Managers to train the public on how to can food. This may be the very thing that keeps a small segment of the populous prepared for a crisis.

Allison G. S. Knox Passionate about the issues affecting ambulances and disaster management, Allison focuses on Emergency Management and Emergency Medical Services policy. Allison has taught at the undergraduate level since 2010. Prior to teaching, she worked in a level-one trauma center emergency department and for a member of congress in Washington, D.C. She holds four Master’s degrees in Emergency Management, National Security Studies, International Relations, History, a Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She is also trained in Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue, is an Emergency Medical Technician, Lifeguard and a Lifeguard Instructor. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society, Vice Chair of the Tactical Emergency Medical Support Committee with the International Public Safety Association, the Advocacy Committee with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians and also serves as the Advocacy Coordinator of Virginia for the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians.